Category Archives: Trip around the World

‘I’m useless with colour’.

This is a phrase I hear so often  – I actually don’t think it’s true.                                                      I’m of the opinion if you like the colours together then it will work and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

However, I thought that I would share my process for matching colour with you.

Barbara has signed up to the ‘Trip around the World’ class in April and she’d seen the ‘Summer breeze IV’ fabric from Moda and asked if I could help her choose the rest of the fabrics.

For ‘Trip around the World’ we need 10 fabrics, so by Barbara choosing the range she had, we had 4 to start with….


Two pretty florals with a tone on tone blue and yellow.

So firstly we looked at the blue, I suggested that we choose a shade darker and lighter


and the same with the yellow


I then suggest we had a contrasting colour and looking at the floral print, we chose a green in light and medium shade


So there you have it 10 fabrics chosen ready for what I think will be a stunning looking quilt.


My best advise to you would be – if you have a patterned fabric you love the colours of; use that to inspire your colour choices, you may not use the original fabric but you will have colours you like and that work together. Failing that come into the shop and I’ll love to help 🙂


Show and tell

Saturday saw the last of this months ‘Block of the Month’ classes. This month Chris has been teaching cutting strips and squares, using a rotary cutter and ruler. With four patterns to choose from the results have been fantastic.

Jessica has joined her Mum for this course, Jess is 13 and was one of our ‘little stitchers’ last Summer. It’s so lovely to see a young person really enjoy sewing and I’m sure we’ll see some fabulous things from Jess – she had a little play with one of her units in the afternoon and made it into a coaster.


Next month’s classes will be looking at half square triangles – I look forward to sharing the results with you.

A couple of weeks ago our Friday morning ‘Sew Social’ group had asked me if I’d show them how to do the ‘Trip around the World’ technique, which I was happy to do and this week we saw some near completed quilt tops.


Donna admires Sheila’s rainbow ‘Trip around the World’

Ruth was unsure of the lay-out for her quilt….

So we put it to the vote and decided on Option 2.

It’s the first Staffordshire Patchworker and Quilters meeting  of the new year on Thursday (2nd Feb) I will be the meetings trader, I shall be bringing lots of sale pieces so be prepared to grab some bargains,but if there’s anything you’d like me to bring please let me know, I’ll be happy to help.

Look forward to seeing you there.                                                                                                                  Jane x

Show and tell

What happened to March! I think I blinked and missed it!

I hope you had a lovely Easter and were able to make the most of the extended weekend, despite the weather, mind you the rain makes us feel less guilty about staying in and sewing doesn’t it?

I took The Corner Patch on a lovely visit to Oldham on the 19th March to The Patchwork Parade’s Quilt show. I met lots of lovely people and saw lots of inspirational quilts.

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The classes at the shop are nice and full and the ‘Roll-over Quilts’ are starting to get slightly more complicated and look stunning.

March’s Block of the Month was ‘Road to California’ a combination of ‘half square’ triangles and ‘four patch’ blocks

these are only a few examples because the ladies are very clever at sneaking out without letting me take pictures, anyone would think they didn’t want you to see them, when I’m sure you’ll agree they all look smashing.

Aprils block is ‘churn dash’ a mix of ‘flying geese’ and ‘half square’ units. Saturdays class again tried to sneak off but I did manage to get a few pictures

there are still a few spaces left on the Thursday classes if you’d like to join in the fun!

we had a Trip around the World in March too – not literately, but that’s what this quilt pattern is called and don’t worry you don’t have to cut out lots of squares (well, you could if you wanted to, but life’s too short, don’tcha think?) We started with 10 strips sewn together and then sub-cut and sewn back together.

the ladies only got to make up the first quarter of their quilt tops in class, but I’m looking forward to seeing them completed. In fact Sue has been and layered up her quilt top and started quilting it, in the workshop at the shop and it looks fabulous

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This has proved to be a popular workshop so I think we will be running it again, maybe not this year but definitely next.

so that’s a quick catch up for March, I’ll try not to leave it so long until next time.

Happy sewing X